A List of Environmental and Telecommunications Events and Issues

May 2 to May 9, 1997

Published, Edited and Written by George Mokray for
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Saturday, May 3

10 am - 5 pm
Wake the Earth Festival
contact Gina 522-2068
parade from South and Centre Streets to festival site at Southwest Corridor Park opposite Stony Brook T Station, Jamaica Plain

Life After Death: Rap, Reality and Social Responsibility
contact 495-0685
Harvard, Science Center, Room C

12 pm - 5 pm
Annual Powwow
Harvard Yard, Sever Quad

Monday, May 5

12 pm
The Case of Jennifer Harbury: A legal Analysis of CIA Practices of Guatemala
Jennifer Harbury
Harvard Law School, Griswold Hall, Room 110

12 pm
Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebenica
David Rohde, NY Times
Harvard, Taubman Building, Room 275

12:30 pm
Can Light Influence the Mood of a City? Can Technology Be Pretty?
Barry Webb, Principal, Barry Webb and Associates
MIT Building 1, Room 390

In Vitro Assessment of the Estrogenic Potency of Environmentally Prevalent PCB Congeners
Rey de Castro
contact Connie Smith 432-1170
Harvard Scholl of Public Health, Building 1, rm 1301, Boston

2 pm
The Biotechnology of Oil Palm
Suan-Choo Cheah, Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia
MIT Building 68, Room 180

4 pm
Brazilian Alkaline Volcanism and the Opening of the South Atlantic
Richard Carlson, Carnegie Institution of Washington
Harvard, Haller Hall, 24 Oxford St, Room 102
Advancing Prevention on the Political Agenda
David Speedie, Carnegie Corporation of NY
Harvard, Coolidge Hall, 1737 Cambridge St, Room 1

On the Question of Stupidity
Avital Ronell, NYU
contact 253-4062
MIT Building E51, Room 095

4:05 pm
A City's Search for Water: How Brockton Proposes to End 40 Years of Water Supply Restriction in a Water-Rich Area
Frank Perkins, MIT
contact 258-5554 or janiscka@mit.edu
MIT Building 48, Room 316

4:15 pm
A Journey Through New Quantum Phases of Bilayered Electrons
Harindran Manoharan, Princeton Univ
MIT Building 34, Room 401A (Grier Room)

From Order to Spatio-Temporal Chaos: A Survey of Rayleigh-Benard Convection
Eberhard Bodenschatz, Cornell Univ
contact 253-3661 or http://web.mit.edu/mathdept/www/AppliedMathColloq/spring97
MIT Building 2, Room 105

Tuesday, May 6

9:30 am
Cardiac Efects of Partiuclate Air Pollution in Dogs
Cheryl Killingsworth
Harvard School of Public Health, Building I, Room 1301, Boston

Harvard Environmental Science and Public Policy Senior Honors Thesis Presentations:
1 pm
Joint Implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: Problems and Prospects
Christina Carroll
1:30 pm
The Integration of Multiple Biodiversity Assessment Methods: Towards a More Comprehensive Approach to Conservation
James DeNormandie
2 pm
Returning the Eastern Timber Wolf to Adirondack Park: The Role of Science in the Wolf Reintroduction Debate
Kristen Eddy
2:30 pm
Integrated Pest Management in Nicaragua and Indonesia: Historical Perspectives on Pesticide Management in Developing Nations
Lisa Eisen
3 pm
The Environmental Justice Movement: Tracing the Emergence of a Grassroots Movement through One Community's Growing Awareness
Kimberly Chainey
3:30 pm
Environmental Injustice in Roxbury: Examination of the Problems of and Potential Solutions for Mason Elementary School: An African- American Community in Roxbury Plagued by Environmental Injustice
Dani Krasner
4 pm
A Stock Assessment of the Queen Conch, Strombus Gigas, in the Six Hills Cay Region, South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
Benjamin Twining
contact Lorraine Maffeo at 496- 6995 or 495-8839 fax
Harvard, Haller Hall, 24 Oxford St, Geological Museum 102

3 pm
Solutions and Dispersions Containing Associative Polymers: Phase Transitions and Rheology
William B. Russel, Princeton Univ
MIT Building 66, Room 110

4 pm
New Charles River Basin (Park) Citizens Advisory Committee
contact MDC 727-5114
1 Ashburton Pl, 21st floor conference room, Boston

Living Neural Cells as Components in Sensors and Computational Devices
James J. Hickman, Science Applications International Corp
MIT Building 34, Room 101

7-9 pm
Cloning: A Discussion of the Ethical and Scientific Implications of Cloning
George Annas, School of Public Health, Boston Univ; Karl Ebert, School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts Univ; Ruth Hubbard, Harvard Univ, Moderator: Jonathan King, MIT
MIT Building 34, Room 101

Wednesday, May 7

11 am
Techniques for Analog Fiber Optic Links
Charles Cox, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
contact 253-8504
MIT Building 34, Room 401B (Grier Room B)

11:45 am
Workplace Policies: Do They Hurt or Help American Families?
Ann Bookman, writer; Ellen Galinsky, expert; Kerry Stackpole, Assoc for Work Process Improvement
Harvard School of Public Health, FXB Building, Room G-13, Boston

Harvard Environmental Science and Public Policy Senior Honors Thesis Presentations:
1 pm
Is the Destruction of Wetlands a Legal Nuisance?
Stephani Ayers
1:30 pm
Mitigating Acute Disamenity: Citizen Participation in Transportation and Land Use Planning
Alexander de la Fuente
2 pm
Classifying Land Cover and Land Use Change in the Amazon River Basin 1982-1990
Amy Miller
2:30 pm
Solar Aquatics Systems for Wastewater Treatment: An Analysis of Factors Limiting the Acceptance and Use of this Innovative, Environmental Technology
Jennie Stephens
3 pm
A Contextual Analysis of the Urban Gardens in Havana, Cuba
Elizabeth Zacharias
3:30 pm
Assessing and Regulating the Ecological Risks of Biotechnology: An Evaluation of Biosafety Policy in India
Swati Prakash
4 pm
Modeling the Economics of a Natural Disaster
James Castle
contact Lorraine Maffeo at 496- 6995 or 495-8839 fax
Harvard, Haller Hall, 24 Oxford St, Geological Museum 102

3:30 pm
Doped ZnS Nanoclusters Synthesized within Diblock Copolymer Films
Ravi Kane, MIT
contact rutledge@mit.edu
MIT Building 37, Room 252

4 pm
The Politics of Economic Growth in Africa
Robert Bates, Harvard
Harvard, 104 Mt Auburn St, 2nd floor conference room

4:05 pm
Molecular Levels Variations in Surface POC, Phytoplankton Populations and "Detritus" and Great Harbor, Woods Hole, MA
Liz Minor
MIT Building 48, Room 316

5 pm - 7 pm
Women as Transformational Leaders Support Group
facilitated by Virginia Mary Swain, M.A.
contact 225-0403 or imagine@world.std.com
The Center for Strategic Change, at 49 Hancock St
$25, participation must be confirmed in advance

5:30 pm
Leadership Lessons
Stephen Kaagan, author
Harvard, Longfellow Hall, Appian Way, Eliot-Lyman Room

6 pm
Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape
Frans Lanting, photographer
Harvard, 24 Oxford St, Geological Lecture Hall

7:30 pm
Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take It Back
Jane Holtz Kay, author
contact 495-2727
3 Church St, Harvard Sq
Editorial Comment: According to a German study cited in the _Boston Globe_ review of Ms Kay's book, the building of one medium-sized car "produces 29 tons of waste and 1,207 million cubic yards of polluted air, a third of the pollution that a car will create during its driving life."

Personally, my solution to overuse of automobiles is to try to meet all my needs within walking and biking distance.

7:30 - 9 pm
Life Effectiveness and Personal Renewal - Living Our Spiritual Values in the Workplace & Daily Life Support Group
Virginia Mary Swain, M.A.
contact 225-0403 or imagine@world.std.com
The Center for Strategic Change, at 49 Hancock St

Thursday, May 8

12:30 pm
Managing for the Future
Suano Matsui, Toshinori Higashimura, Naohiro Watari, Shinji Nagami, PUSJR
Harvard, Coolidge Hall, 1737 Cambridge St, Room 3

Harvard Environmental Science and Public Policy Senior Honors Thesis Presentations:
1 pm
Eutrophication: The Death Angel Covering Coral Reefs in Montego Bay, Jamaica
Nisha Hitchman
1:30 pm
The Effects of Climate and Nutrients on Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning in Mytilus Edulis, Spisula and Mya Arenaria Shellfish Near the Mouth of the Merrimack River in MA
Christopher Mutrie
2 pm
Environmental Monitoring for Vibrio Cholerae: An Early Warning System for Cholera in the Gulf of Guinea Large Marine Ecosystem
Elizabeth Lowenhaupt
2:30 pm
Regulating Universities: An Analysis of the Compatibility of Hazardous Waste Legislation with Educational Institutions
Allen Chen
3 pm
Does the Recycling Program in Cambridge Make Cents? An Analysis of the Cost Effectiveness of Curbside Recycling in Cambridge, MA
Rudd Coffey
3:30 pm
The Effects of Genetic Polymorphism in Senobiotic Metabolism on Susceptibility to Spontaneous Abortion
Andy Hu
4 pm
Paleobotanical Nitrogen Isotopes and the Classic Maya Collapse: Exploring Nitrogen Dynamics in Ancient Soils Through Nitrogen Ratios in Archaeological Maizer
Marco Simons
contact Lorraine Maffeo at 496- 6995 or 495-8839 fax
Harvard, Haller Hall, 24 Oxford St, Geological Museum 102

1:15 pm
Sharing the American Experience
Ken Burns, film-maker
Harvard, Longfellow Hall, Appian Way, Askwith Lecture Hall

2 pm
Chartering Democratic Education: Deliberating Practices of and for Civic Participation
Stacy Smith, Cornell
Harvard, Longfellow Hall, Appian Way, Eliot-Lyman Room

3:30 pm
Gigabit Ethernet, ATM and the Death of Phone Companies
David Cheriton, Stanford Univ
MIT Building 34, Room 101

4:15 pm
Ferroelectric Materials for Integrated Machines
Anita Flynn, UC, Berkeley
MIT Building 34, Room 401B (Grier Room)

6 pm
Environmental Roundtable - developing regional environmental strategies
RSVP Eric Packer at 239-8213
Progressive Asset Management, 70 Walnut St, Wellesley
$5 for dinner
Editorial Comment: I found this at http://www.2cowherd.net/q/round.htm:

"Environmental Roundtable Breakfast
Environmental Roundtable Breakfast is a monthly breakfast club, usually second Tuesdays, but not always, in Santa Monica. It's at the Doubletree Guest Suites on fourth just south of the I10. Networking, speaker, and a Q+A session following. It's put on by Peter Kreitler of Earth Service, 310-788-0008, pkreitler@aol.com

Roundtable is a great place to network with environmentalists. Recruit people for your cause, or find one. Bring your flyers, there is a table."

Looks like the Knights of the Enviromental Roundtable are rising from Boston to Santa Monica.

7 pm
Alliance for Democracy
contact BostonAlliance@juno.com
First Baptist Church, 5 Magazine St, Central Sq

7:30 pm
Rock, Rap, and the World Beat: The Politics of Contemporary Sound
Reebee Garofalo, UMass Boston
Harvard, 61 Kirkland St, Room 24

Friday, May 9

12 pm
Reassessing the Contribution of Automobiles to Air Pollution
Don Pickrell, USDOT
MIT Building 1, Room 236

1-6 pm
Technologies of Freedom? Emerging Media in Modern Culture
Tim Berners-Lee, James Carey, Pavel Curtis, Susan Douglas, Lloyd Etheredge, Jock Gill, David Hall, Stuart Moulthrop, Russell Neuman, David Plotz, Monroe Price
contact 253-0008 or http://web.mit.edu/comm-forum/www/
MIT Building E25, Room 111

3 pm
Disciplinary and Inter/Multidisciplinary Approaches to Materials
William B. Russel, Princeton Univ
MIT Building 66, Room 110

4 pm
Virtual Reality in the Thermal Infrared
Jim Smith, NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
MIT Building 54, Room 915

Saturday, May 10

Mystic River Cleanup
call 776-4160 days

10 am - 6 pm
Technologies of Freedom?
Emerging Media in Modern Culture
contact 253-0008 or http://web.mit.edu/comm-forum/www/
MIT Building E15, Room 070 (Bartos Theater)

Sources for Listings:
MIT _Tech Talk_ :
Harvard _Gazette_ :
Harvard Environmental Resources On-Line:
MA Executive Office of Environmental Affairs calendar:
Earth Day Network international/national listings:
Earth Day Greater Boston calendar:

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Survey of Environmental Computer Models

Editorial Comment: This came from the Environment Online List (eon@world.std.com, to subscribe email majordomo@world.std.com and type "subscribe eon" as your message). This is the kind of thing I like to see - survey of the state of the art so that anybody can see what the length, breadth and depth of the field is. Now how do we do that with the Net and the Web?

From: Martin Peirce <martin.peirce@AEAT.CO.UK>
Reply-To: List for Environmental Information
Subject: Survey of Environmental Computer Models

Dear All,

I'm compiling a critical survey of environmental computer-based models for use in Integrated Environmental Assessment. No, not all of them - see below. Names and brief details of any suitable models would be gratefully received. References to other sources of information are also welcome.

I'm looking in the main sources of information (EPA, JRC, Enviroline, etc.), but I'm sure there are plenty more. Also, it would be useful to know what people (e.g. regulators and managers) actually use.

This survey is on behalf of the European Environment Agency and the results will be published on their Web site.

To be more precise, what I want is models that:
- are useful in *integrated* environmental assessment -- you input a problem or source term and get out a predicted consequence or (even better) a solution;
- are usable by non-specialists (e.g. regulators, managers, planners);
- can be used as management tools for solving environmental planning and management problems;
- are applicable to generic locations;
- are publicly available, either as Public Domain or commercial software.

I don't want models of just a small corner of the environment, or specialist models -- there are far too many of them!

All aspects of the environment are covered -- pollutant transport, land use, ecological disturbance, noise...

Life-cycle assessment models and models with economic consequences are particularly interesting.

Replies may be sent directly to me (Martin.Peirce@aeat.co.uk). I'll compile a digest of replies if anyone asks.

Thanks in advance.

Martin Peirce

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The Choices Before Us

Tim Weiskel of Harvard Divinity School (tweiskel@igc.apc.org) and an "A List..." reader was interviewed on WGBH-TV's "Greater Boston" April 14, 1997. He was trying to talk about the pressures of overpopulation on all our resources but the interviewer just wouldn't get it. You could see poor Emily Rooney, Andy's daughter and reputedly a savvy television person, shy away from the implications of what Weiskel was saying. When he tried to talk about the pressures of population on food supply in China, she gave a nervous laugh and responded by saying that the Chinese eat a lot of strange stuff that we wouldn't consider, like dogs for instance. I wonder how she would have reacted if she had seen a snake butchered before her in the marketplace of Guangzhuo as I once did.

Anyway, Tim said at least one thing so succinctly that I have hopes that it got through to the audience, if not the host:
"You have the choice of being a bicycle riding carnivore or, if you want to drive your car, you have to become a vegetarian." Such are the choices before us.

One of the things Tim Weiskel does is the Harvard Seminar on Environmental Values (http://divweb.harvard.edu/csvpl/ee/hsev) where he puts together a great program of speakers and maintains an invaluable set of Webpages with a lot of background information on a variety of environmental problems. Take a look at his work and, if you appreciate what he's doing, tell the University Committee on Environment and the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life about it.

Prof Michael McElroy
Chair, Univ Com on Environment
20 Oxford St, Hoffman Laboratory
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617)495-8839 fax

Dean Richard Thiemann
Director, Center for the Study of Values in Public Life
Harvard Divintiy School
56 Divinity Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617)496-3668 fax

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Visions of Virtually Wired Virtually Real

I am on the Board of Virtually Wired (55 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111 (617)542-5555, info@vw.org, or http://www.vw.org), a public access computer site, and have been teaching the Introduction to Internet class there Wednesday afternoons for the past two years. When we opened way back in 1995 (on the Internet nobody may know you're a dog but everybody knows that time goes faster than dog-years), access to and training on the Internet and World Wide Web were unusual and exciting. There were only a few places you could go to get online and perhaps10% of the general population had dipped their toes in the digital infostream.

Today, maybe a third of everybody has online access at work or at home. Every main library and most schools have at least one computer available to browse the Web. CyberSmith is planning on having 400 cafes and probably many thousands of available machines in the next few years. Email kiosks are being built at airports and train stations and Dennis Leary's IBM Lotus Domino Internet TV commercials are annoying people all across the land. Access has become a commodity and training is available from every adult ed center and afterschool program.

Consequently, Virtually Wired which opened to provide cheap public access and training has had to change focus. After two years of paying our own way with daily and monthly passes ($5 a day and $20 a month), classes ($40) and tutorials ($55 for 2 hours), we find that we are not able to meet our obligations that way anymore. We have to find some other means to become a viable (nonprofit) business.

When we opened, we thought that we would serve low-income people. We were aiming for the homeless and unemployed. What we have found is that mostly middle-class, recently unemployed folks looking to upgrade their job skills are walking through the doors. Can we build a model that will meet their needs and support the true magic our ad hoc group of volunteers have found at Virtually Wired?

My vision is to concentrate on self help job training. We can help people access the Internet and learn basic computer skills from word processing to computer repair through readily available tutorials and classes. Or teach yourself with online lesson plans and a little help from your neighbor at the next machine. In my imagined Virtually Wired, we'd have an inhouse repair shop and computer recycling operation (a combination of what Ken Stoddard used to do at the BCS Mac office in Porter Square, the Broadway Bike School, and the Nexus machine shop where you can rent time on lathes and other machine tools.)

I want a place where you can walk in with something you found on the street and come out with a working computer that you helped (re)build to your own specifications, where one visit gives the first-time visitor usable and marketable skills, a self-starting informational entrepreneurial community business generator that supports itself and provides useful work, volunteer or paid, for everybody who wants it.

That's what I'd like to see develop at Virtually Wired. And I'd like to see it develop fast enough to pay next month's rent.

Of course, all donations will be gratefully accepted and are tax-deductable as Virtually Wired is a bona fide nonprofit tax-exempt corporation.

Virtually Wired
55 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111
(617)542-4248 fax

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Poem for the Assimilation of the Cyborg

Editorial Comment: This came along with my thinking about Virtually Wired and how to transform it into my ultimate computer clubhouse or geek club. The technology I am talking about here is close to available now. You can build your own 486-based wearable computer with eyephone and chording keyboard from off the shelf components now for less than $3000. Prototype sneaker-powered bodynet systems are being built at MIT Media Lab and IBM's Almaden Research Center, among other places.

The reference to "the elk in their migrations" comes from Gary Snyder's "Four Changes" one passage of which calls for:

"Computer technicians who run the plant part of the year and walk along with the elk in their migrations during the rest."

You can read the rest of "Four Changes" in Gary Snyder's _Turtle Island_ (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0877739528/alistA/) or _A Place in Space_ (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=1887178279/alistA/). Written in 1969, "Four Changes" is well worth your attention.

Every lecture I go to at the Media Lab now has at least one cyborg, one person with something like a camcorder eyepiece and a waistpack wearable computer taking notes on a one hand chording keyboard while listening to the speaker. Within the next few years, we are all going to start seeing these folks on the street. Hell, the May 1997 issue of _Mobile Comuting and Communications_ (http://www.mobilecomputing.com) has a list of wearable computer system manufacturers.

Get ready for the cyborgs. Assimilate them before they assimilate you.

Portable motherboards
wearable wireless
street cyborg
from recycled parts.
charged and recharged by
walking in
electromagnetic shoes.

Datagloved gestures
GPS belt buckle
digital audio/video
uploading automatically
to the World Wide Web.

Mobile network
augmented and annotated reality
virtual community 
following "the elk in their migrations."

One town world global village
inter intra extra Net
tribal multimedia
realtime biological
machine coded
creation myth.

Assimilate the cyborg
Amplify the human
Recognize the animal vegetable mineral world
Information made flesh
through connection, intention, 
and full honest purpose.

Be naked in your dreams
and dream electric sleep.
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Soros at Harvard

I went to see George Soros at Harvard, April 23, 1997, in the ARCO Forum of the Kennedy School. The place was packed. There must have been 2-300 people seated and standing throughout the atrium. They put in risers in the third floor balconies so more people could attend.

George Soros is a Hungarian immigrant who made billions in the foreign currency market. Since 1979 he has been using a series of foundations to fund projects all over the United States and the world. His foundations have been involved in Eastern Europe especially after the drawing of the Iron Curtain. During the last election cycle, there was Soros foundation money supporting medical marijuana legislation and he has recently established a fund for legal immigrants.

At Harvard, he talked about the ideas in his recent article in the _Atlantic Monthly_, "The Capitalist Threat" (http://www.TheAtlantic.com/atlantic/issues/97feb/capital/capital.htm) a title the editors choose Soros said. He wanted to call it something like "Notes on the Open Society," after Karl Popper's idea and book, _The Open Society and Is Enemies_ (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0691019681/alistA/) which has informed Soros' work since he was a student. He wanted to get three ideas across in the article and the speech: the Open Society, fallibility and reflexivity.

For Soros, the Open Society consists of civil, business, and democratic government sectors. It's most important characteristic is that "there has to be some common interest that takes precedence over" individual gain. It is this common interest that ensures the survival of democracy in the face of the absolutist ideas of communism and fascism, both of which Soros has experienced.

Fallibility is the recognition of our own, human fallibility. It is an acceptance of the fact that there is no such thing as perfect knowledge in the real world, despite what communism, fascism and laissez faire dogmatism profess. Admitting that we might be wrong, accepting our fallibility also admits that possibility of improvement. In an Open Society, improvement is always possible.

Reflexivity means we live within a reflexive world: the decisions we make affect the context by which we make those decisions. This is a systems concept, positive and negative feedback. Soros has used reflexivity in working the financial markets, finding that there is a disequilibrium in market participants trying to anticipate the future and the market responding to that anticipation. Soros has become a billionaire by responding to that disequilibrium. He says, " In social and political affairs the participants' perceptions help to determine reality. In these situations facts do not necessarily constitute reliable criteria for judging the truth of statements. There is a two-way connection - a feedback mechanism - between thinking and events, which I have called 'reflexivity.' I have used it to develop a theory of history." It is of his practical experience in using the concept of relexivity that George Soros questions the relevance of universal concepts. He does not believe in perfection and most especially not the existence of perfect knowledge in the marketplace or the perfect man of communism and fascism.

Soros feels that markets and private property are not enough, that we need a common interest.

He seemed like a very measured individual. He knew what he knew very well and would not venture out of that sphere of knowledge and experience. The measures of that box may very well be the current threats he sees to the Open Society in US - income inequity, denial of death, drug policy and free market absolutism.

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TV Violence and Neofascism

In the May 1997 _Atlantic Monthly_, there is an article about another Hungarian immigrant, George Gerbner, the former dean of the Annenberg School of Communications and his long-time work on the effects of television violence (http://www.theatlantic.com/atlantic/issues/97may/gerbner.htm).

Gerbner's main point is not about violence per se about the power relationships the popular presentations of violence represent. He says, "What is the message of violence? Who can get away with what against whom?" In most commentaries on his work, it is the sheer weight of so many murders and maulings per hour broadcast to every home and TV screen and the debate about whether that really affects behavior that is highlighted. The power structure behind the TV violence we see so much of is ignored. Too painful to look at?

Gerbner also calls for a common purpose to counteract the wholesale presentation of violence shilling for the retail sales of all those commercials. George Gerbner, who fled Hungary before the Nazis and returned to fight them behind the lines, believes, "The disempowering effectos of television lead to neofascism."

Hmmm. Two Hungarian immigrants with distinguished careers and personal experience of fascism see tendencies in our present society that remind them of the days of black shirts and swastikas. I am reminded of Bertram Gross, who died recently, and his prescient book _Friendly Fascism_ (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0896081494/alistA/).

Perhaps this is not just fear-mongering but a real warning. It is always time to counteract fascist tendencies. I know that's what I'm trying to do.

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Rock n Roll Wisdom

Rick Danko of "The Band" said something very wise in VH1 documentary I saw on April 17, 1997:
"When we were younger we wanted to change the world
and thought we could.
Now we know we're only here to help the neighborhood."

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The Begging Bowl

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